Sandoval in Boston to meet with Red Sox

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval took his free-agent tour to Boston on Monday, arriving at Logan Airport in the afternoon and telling local news channel WHDH-TV that he is “excited” for a visit the Red Sox. Sandoval is in town with his agent, Gustavo Vazquez, and his older brother, Michael.

“Pablo is a winner,” Vazquez told the network. “The Boston Red Sox need a winner right now, and I think Pablo can be a good fit over here.”

The Sox are believed to be one of two favorites to land Sandoval, along with the Giants, the team with which Sandoval spent his first seven big league seasons. The Padres recently joined the White Sox and Blue Jays as other teams known to have expressed interest in the 28-year-old switch hitter.

“It could be Red Sox, it could be any other uniform,” Michael Sandoval said of his brother’s options. “The good part of this is he’s got a chance to explore his value on the market and see who can really appreciate him and his work.”

Pablo Sandoval joked that he was “on vacation” and “just visiting the city” but acknowledged the lobbying role of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

“I love being in this situation,” he said. “David’s a good guy. I’ve been through a lot this winter with the commercial stuff and all of that. He’s a great guy.”

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said last week that he met with Vazquez during his time at the GM Meetings in Phoenix.

“[Sandoval’s] one of many that we’re talking to. I’d rather not comment on exactly who we might meet and who we might not, but he’s one guy we have interest in,” Cherington said.

In a tweet Monday, MLB.com’s Ian Browne cautioned against drawing any conclusions from Sandoval’s visit.

Sandoval is a career .294/.346/.465 hitter and batted .366 this postseason as he helped the Giants to their third championship in five years.

— Andrew Simon

5 Comments

As a Sox fan, I hate the idea of Sandoval coming to Boston. He’s going to require an enormous contract and his .294 batting average was a result of his first 4 years in the league – because the last 3 have been about .280. It has only been that high because he’s playing against NL pitching (he batted .235 in interleague play last year). Not to mention his weight. I think he’s a good fit for San Francisco. Boston doesn’t need him.

His average has been down the past three years mostly due to severe hand injuries he’s sustained. It’s difficult to maintain a consistent approach from two sides of the plate when one has numerous starts and stops to the season. This season was more a result of early season contract bickering and pressing at the plate to prove his value. After the first couple months, he was a .300+ hitter. That said, I hope he stays in SF also.

I’d like to see the Sox get him, both because they have a pressing need and because it would be a huge blow to the Giants. That said, having watched Sandoval on local TV (I live in San Jose), I would not pay nearly as much as he’s rumored to be asking.

I hope Boston get Sandoval, he is not worth the money he wants. He is an average offensive threat during the season. Boston fans will be frustrated watching him swing at pitches well out of the strike zone. SF can platoon young players in the 3B role, and use the money to get another ace in the rotation.

The Red Sox need to spend most of their money on pitching. They can sign a “second tier” player such as Casey McGehee to play 3rd base. I know Pablo is $ in the playoffs but the Red Sox will never get to the playoffs with the 2 huge holes they have in the starting rotation as well as a couple of holes in their relief staff.

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